Climate Change Response Bill 2010 Published

The Government has published the Climate Change Response Bill 2010. The Bill, which has been in preparation for the past eighteen months, is a legislative priority and the Government will be seeking to progress it through the Houses of the Oireachtas immediately, with a view to enactment in February 2011. The Bill sets out a … Read more

€15 Million Extra Funding For Local Authorities Due to Extreme Weather

The Government has announced an additional €15 million in contingency funding for local authorities to cover exceptional costs associated with the extreme weather currently being experienced. The cold weather is already breaking records. It has been almost forty years since Ireland has had snow and ice so early in the Winter and it is unusual … Read more

Free of Charge ‘Rethink, Recycle and Remake’ Networking Event – Cork – October 21st, 2010

Potential entrepreneurs in Cork who are interested in setting up in business using what someone else considers waste as raw materials, should attend at the Lifetime Lab in Cork City on Thursday 21st October from 10am to 12.45pm when rx3, a Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government initiative to rethink, recycle and remake … Read more

Repatriation of 250,000 Tonnes of Illegal Waste From Northern Ireland Commences

The repatriation of waste which originated in the Republic of Ireland but which was illegally disposed of at about 20 sites in Northern Ireland in the early part of this decade is now underway. The repatriation process follows a 2007 Roadmap agreement between the two jurisdictions and a further framework agreement in June 2009 which … Read more

Report of Local Government Efficiency Review Group – Recommendations on Water and Waste

The Government has published the Report of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group. The independent Local Government Efficiency Review Group was established by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, TD, in late 2009 to review the cost base, expenditure of and numbers employed in local authorities. The report makes 106 … Read more

Government Launches Consultation on Draft Waste Policy

Public consultation has commenced on the Draft Statement of Waste Policy, which is intended to map the future of waste management in Ireland for the next decade and beyond. The consultation period extends until 1st October 2010. ”The fundamental aim of the new draft policy is to protect the environment, reduce costs for householders and … Read more

Minister for Environment Must Provide Temporary Exemption of Waste Water Requirements for One-off Houses, Says Oireachtas Committee

The Minister for the Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must provide as a matter of urgency, a temporary exemption for some parts of the country, from the new waste water regulations relating to the construction of one-off houses, a report by the Oireachtas European Scrutiny Committee has stated. The Committee is calling on … Read more

Government Initiates Planning Review

The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government John Gormley TD is to initiate a review of how planning laws and policy are being implemented by a number of local authorities around the country. Minister Gormley is to use powers granted to him under planning legislation to undertake the review, which will involve the … Read more

New Offices For Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

John Gormley, TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has officially opened his Department’s new office on the Newtown Road in Wexford. There are now almost 200 staff working in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government’s Wexford office, with more due to arrive in the coming months. The impact of … Read more

€2.8 Billion Investment in Irish Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Over 130 water services contacts with a value of Eur1 billion are currently in progress, while a further 340 projects worth Eur1.8 billion will commence construction in the next three years. The Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012, the Government’s three-year plan for improving Ireland’s water and wastewater infrastructure in order to comply with EU regulations, … Read more